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  • BOARD FOR ARCHITECTS, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, LAND SURVEYORS,

    CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

    REGULATIONS Last Updated December 1, 2004

    STATUTES

    Title 54.1, Chapter 4 Excerpts from Title 13.1

    3600 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23230-4917

    (804) 367-8500 http://www.dpor.virginia.gov

  • NOTICE SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

    These regulations are effective December 1, 2004, and replace all previous regulations of the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. As a regulant of the Board, you are responsible for following all regulations and therefore you should read and become familiar with all regulations printed in this booklet. These regulations have been revised and should be thoroughly reviewed. The purpose of the revision in the regulations is to adjust fees as necessary in accordance with 54.1-113 of the Code of Virginia (Callahan Act).

  • STATEMENT OF PURPOSE This booklet contains the information you will need to obtain your license as an Architect, Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor; your certificate as a Landscape Architect or Interior Designer; and a registration for your business. The law that governs your profession is found in the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, in Chapter 4 of Title 54.1 and excerpts from Title 13.1. That law permits the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to issue regulations that tell you more about what is expected of you in your profession. This booklet contains a copy of the law and regulations that you will need to know and obey to get and keep your license. BE SURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND CONDUCT. YOUR FAILURE TO OBEY THESE STANDARDS COULD RESULT IN A MONETARY PENALTY OR THE LOSS OF YOUR LICENSE, CERTIFICATE OR REGISTRATION. It is the goal of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to provide you with the information you need to comply with the law and regulations. If you have a question and cannot find the answer to it in this booklet, please write to:

    APELSCIDLA Board Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation 3600 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23230-4917

    or call the Agency at (804) 367-8500.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS REGULATIONS: Part I General ................................................................................... 1 Part II General Entry Requirements ........................................................ 3 Part III Qualifications for Licensing of Architects ........................................ 7 Part IV Qualifications for Licensing of Professional Engineers.......................11 Part V Qualifications for Licensing and Standards of Procedure for Land Surveyors ...............................................................................21 Part VI Qualifications for Certification of Landscape Architects .....................34 Part VII Qualifications for Certification of Interior Designers .........................38 Part VIII Qualifications for Registration as a Professional Corporation ..............40 Part IX Qualifications for Registration as a Professional Limited Liability Company................................................................................44 Part X Qualifications for Registration as a Business Entity other than a Professional Corporation & Professional Limited Liability Company ....49 Part XI Renewal and Reinstatement.........................................................52 Part XII Standards of Practice and Conduct................................................54 EXCERPTS FROM THE CODE OF VIRGINIA: Chapter 4 of Title 54.1 ( 54.1-400 through 54.1-414) .......................................63 Excerpts from Title 13.1 ( 13.1-549 and 13.1-1111) .........................................74

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    PART I

    GENERAL 18 VAC 10-20-10. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

    "Board" means the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. Comity, means the recognition of licenses or certificates issued by other states, the District of Columbia, or any territory or possession of the United States as permitted by 54.1-103 C of the Code of Virginia.

    "Department" means the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

    "Direct control and personal supervision" shall be that degree of supervision by a person overseeing the work of another whereby the supervisor has both control over and detailed professional knowledge of the work prepared under his supervision.

    "Good moral character" shall include, but shall not be limited to, compliance with the standards of practice and conduct as set forth in this chapter. Landscape architect means an individual who has been certified as a landscape architect pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and is in good standing with the board to practice in the Commonwealth.

    Licensed means an individual who holds a valid license issued by the board, which has not been suspended or revoked, and who is currently registered with the board to practice in the Commonwealth in accordance with 54.1-405 of the Code of Virginia.

    "Place of business" means any location which offers to practice or practices through licensed or certified professionals the services of architecture, engineering, land surveying, certified landscape architecture and certified interior design. A temporary field office set up for project-specific services is not a place of business.

    "Professional" means an architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, landscape architect or certified interior designer.

    "Regulant" means a licensee, certificate holder or registrant. Resident means a professional who is in said place of business a majority of the operating hours of the place of business.

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    "Responsible charge" means there shall be a professional in direct control and exercising personal

    supervision of each professional service offered or practiced. Direct control and personal supervision requires more than reviewing the work prepared by another person.

    Historical Notes:

    Derived from VR130-01-2 1.1, eff. October 18, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 8, eff. March 1, 1988; Volume 6, Issue 20, eff. September 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 14, eff. May 8, 1991; Volume 8, Issue 7, eff. February 1, 1992; Volume 10, Issue 15, eff. May 19, 1994; Volume 13, Issue 23, eff. October 1, 1997; Volume 16, Issue 3, eff. December 1, 1999; Volume 18, Issue 7, eff. March 1, 2002.

    18 VAC 10-20-15. Board Organization. The boards organization shall be consistent with applicable provisions of the Code of Virginia. The board may have the following sections: Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. Each section may meet as necessary. Historical Notes:

    Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 7, eff. March 1, 2002.

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    PART II

    GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 18 VAC 10-20-20. Application requirements.

    A. All applicants must be of good moral character.

    B. 1. Fully documented applications with the noted exception in subdivision 2 of this subsection shall be submitted by applicants seeking consideration for licensure, certification or registration with the appropriate fee(s) (check or money order only made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia) to be received in the board's office no later than 120 days prior to the scheduled examination. The date the completely documented application and fee are received in the board's office shall determine if an application has been received by the deadline set by the board. All applications should be completed according to the instructions contained herein. Applications are not considered complete until all required documents, including but not limited to references, employment verifications and verification of registration are received by the board. All applications, accompanying materials and references are the property of the board.

    2. Applicants for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination enrolled in an ABET accredited curriculum who are within 12 months of completion of degree requirements may submit applications to be received in the boards office no later than 60 days prior to the scheduled examination.

    C. Applicants shall meet applicable entry requirements at the time application is made.

    D. Applicants who have been found ineligible for any reason may request further

    consideration by submitting in writing evidence of additional qualifications, training or experience. No additional fee will be required provided the requirements for licensure, certification or registration are met within a period of three years from the date the original application is received by the board. After such period, a new application shall be required.

    E. The board may make further inquiries and investigations with respect to the qualifications

    of the applicant and all references, etc., to confirm or amplify information supplied. The board may also require a personal interview with the applicant.

    F. Failure of an applicant to comply with a written request from the board for additional

    evidence or information within 60 days of receiving such notice, except in such instances where the board has determined ineligibility for a clearly specified period of time, may be sufficient and just cause for disapproving the application.

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    G. Applicants shall be held to the same standards of

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